TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A land conservation group is getting $7 million in federal money to improve land and water in parts of the Florida Panhandle and south Georgia.
Tallahassee-based Tall Timbers says it’s getting the money from the National Resources Conservation Service under part of the 2018 federal farm bill that calls for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with private partners.
Tall Timbers says it will use the money to improve water quality, wildlife habitat and economic opportunities in the watersheds of the Aucilla and St. Marks rivers.
The project will buy conservation easements, help with habitat management on public and private lands, and share costs to improve farmland. The project will also hold community events to raise awareness and undertake an experimental project to benefit oyster fisheries.
Tall Timbers, which promotes land stewardship in in the longleaf pine regions of south Georgia and the Florida panhandle, says it will work with other groups and private landowners beginning this fall